By now, you likely know all about Southern Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, a 1.9-million-acre preserve north of picturesque Haliburton—tailor-made for exploration. And exploration comes in many varieties, including ice climbing, dog sledding, and cross-country skiing. However, it’s nearly impossible to imagine a more wondrous way to survey a new landscape than snowshoeing, especially in the serene Haliburton Highlands.
With autumn drawing to a close here in Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands, it’s officially time to start planning your next wintertime digital detox to peaceful Sandy Lane Resort, a remote haven located along Halls Lake’s northern rim. Sandy Lane Resort remains one of the most underrated winter getaways in Ontario, mainly because it lends itself to countless outdoor adventures and provides an idyllic dose of backland tranquillity, perfect for 2020 (and beyond).
We have a spectacular relationship with Lorne Foisy, the owner and operator of Elements Guiding (formerly known as Base Camp 35). Elements Guiding provides the very best ice climbing in Ontario, perhaps North America. Foisy and his team lead a variety of ice climbing trips during the frostiest of seasons, as well as rock climbing in the summertime. As of mid-January, the Greater Toronto Area remains green, while Haliburton County is pleasingly covered in fresh snow. Despite being just a two-hour drive from the city center, it’s a totally different experience here at Sandy Lane!
While our sandy beach is smothered by sugar-white snow from December through March, guests never lose the satisfying feeling of escapism at our invigorating and utterly secluded respite. Typically, families choose Sandy Lane Resort for its nearby backcountry snowmobiling, Nordic ski trails, outdoor hot tubs, and, of course, those cozy wood-burning fireplaces (the only ones in Haliburton). But don’t forget that both Algonquin Park and the Haliburton Highlands are home to some of the premier dog sledding in Ontario.
There’s still ample time to plan a snowy, late-winter expedition into the heart of the Haliburton Highlands. This particularly serene slice of Ontario is celebrated for its ice fishing, ice climbing, dog sledding, Nordic skiing, and backcountry snowmobiling. However, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised to discover that this peaceful, picturesque land is home to not one but two of the most beloved ski hills in Ontario. In fact, Sandy Lane Resort, home to the coziest Haliburton cottage rentals, is just a short drive from both Sir Sam’s and Hidden Valley Highlands.